Death By Metal, the “definitive documentary on DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner”, will receive its highly-anticipated DVD release this week, on July 6 via MVD Visual. Chuck was one of the founding father’s of the death metal genre who passed away from a brain tumor in 2001. Watch the trailer for the film below.
Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Felipe Belalcazar, Death By Metal features exclusive interviews, rare footage and demos.
The documentary takes a thorough look at the history of metal and Schuldiner’s life’s work as a musician. Belalcazar told Decibel: “I identified with him. As a freelancer, you might identify with being close to work and being passionate about what you do. He seemed like someone who was passionate about his work. Another thing I wanted to show in this movie: Chuck was a regular dude. If you go DEATH’s Facebook page, the image that many fans have of Chuck and DEATH is often misinformed. Chuck was also an amazing family man — that came up in so many interviews.”
Belalcazar added that “Death By Metal” is “an official documentary approved by the family. I did more than 22 interviews; not even all of them can be in the documentary. I’m told we did the first interview on film with his mom. She told us everything — from the first day he got a guitar to when he passed away. It was one of the hardest interviews I’ve ever done. We interviewed his nephew, his sister, Chris Reifert [DEATH, AUTOPSY] and two to three members from each lineup, including the CONTROL DENIED records. We also interviewed [producer] Jim Morris.”